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Massachusetts North Shore

Picture of Rockport Harbor, Rockport, MA

Rockport Harbor

The Massachusetts North shore extends north from the city limits of Boston to the New Hampshire border. Along the way you pass through many wealthy and desirable communities. The towns along the coast of the North Shore from north to south include:

  • Salisbury
  • Newburyport
  • West Newbury
  • Newbury
  • Rowley
  • Ipswich
  • Essex
  • Rockport
  • Gloucester
  • Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Beverly
  • Danvers
  • Salem
  • Marblehead
  • Swampscott
  • Nahant
  • Lynn
  • Revere
Picture of Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

As one travels through these cities and towns you will encounter resort communities popular with tourists such as Newburyport, Plum Island in Newbury, and Salisbury; as well as residential communities like Nahant – physically the smallest community in

Massachusetts, and Swampscott. Other interesting attractions include:

  • Arts attractions such as the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester.
  • Numerous beaches such one of the North Shores most beautiful beaches – Crane Beach in Ipswich; Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury; Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea where the sand actually squeaks when you walk on it; and the oldest public beach in the United States – Revere Beach.
  • Federal and state parks such as Lynn Heritage State Park in Lynn, and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, as well as the Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
  • The famous Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial.
  • The historical attractions associated with the Salem Witch Trials.
  • Numerous lighthouses several of which are very unique, such as the twin lighthouses on Thatcher Island in Rockport, or the skeleton tower of Marblehead Light, the only lighthouse of its’ kind in New England.
  • The North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in Lynn.
  • Interesting, picturesque, and historic ports such as Gloucester, Newburyport, Rockport, and Salem.
  • Famous ships such as the the Schooner Adventure in Gloucester, one of the last Grand Banks fishing schooners still in existence.
  • Woodman’s in Essex where the fried clam was supposedly invented in 1916.

There is so much to see and do on the Massachusetts North Shore that you will find yourself going back again and again.

Photo credits: The picture of Rockport Harbor was taken by Williamborg and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The picture of Crane Beach is by Thomas Steiner and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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